Update 12.55pm: US president Donald Trump has said at the start of his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thinks “the world wants to see us get along”.The American president said their two countries have “great opportunities”, given that they have not been getting along over the past few years. He said he thinks they can have an “extraordinary relationship”.Mr Trump added their discussions will involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their “mutual friend”, Chinese president Xi Jingping. He did not mention Russia’s meddling in the US election.The two leaders were seated together in a room adorned by American and Russian flags at the Finnish Presidential Palace, separated by a small table.Following Mr Putin’s delayed arrival in Finland, the meeting started about 45 minutes late.The summit is being closely watched on both sides of the Atlantic, coming days after the US justice department indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in hacking Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign.Mr Trump said he hopes for better relations with the Russian leader. He faces bipartisan scepticism in Washington that his desire for warming ties is displacing concerns over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and… Read full this story
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